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4/7/17: SERIOUS CLAIM OF A SERIOUS CRIME
Apr 6th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We list what we know, and what people are conjecturing, about the claims of past sex crimes by the current mayor. We also discuss why campaigns to get more women to study tech might prove futile; more complications in the Nooksack tribe’s internal dispute; new depths in right-wing insult “humor;” and the usual many weekend event listings.

4/5/17: SIREN (SWAN) SONG
Apr 5th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

An oh-so-Seattle-esque alt-dating site dies, due to a lack of (promised) investment. It’s on the same day that the Viaduct-replacement tunnel finally officially exists; two different outfits say they want to run a “solidarity rally” the same day as a big LGBTQ event in DC; Rep. Jayapal sez she wants more of us in college; and Titleist and Costco continue their golf-ball war.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/3/17: END GAME FOR THE I-MAN?
Apr 2nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Tim Eyman, the professional “astroturf” initiative promoter, is being sued for funny-money practices. (Couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow.) And we also discuss citizens marching for a captive orca and other causes; another local retailer sold off; Seattle bagels in Japan; and hope springin’ eternal at the start of baseball season.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 3/21/17: YOU LIGHT UP MY HOTEL
Mar 21st, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Not much resistance news today, but we do have pix of little houses next to big redevelopments; how the Umoja Peace Center eviction relates (or doesn’t) to the pot biz; another record for UW basketball power Kelsey Plum; and the anniversary of the arson fire that led to downtown’s homeless crisis.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 3/17/17: A TERRIBLE BEAUTY
Mar 17th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Today we honor the heritage of a country that, like our country today, had to unite against the yoke of a repressive regime. Back in the present day, the state Supreme Court gave a major ruling in favor of tribal business; proposed federal budget slashes threaten a lot more than Big Bird; a whole town ponders its role in a seventh grader’s suicide; and just how do you pronounce our state’s name anyway?

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 3/14/17: WHAT PI DAY MEANS TO ME
Mar 13th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The day with a name-coincidence to everybody’s favorite “irrational number” brings to mind why rationality matters. Also on this day: saving what little film incentives WA’s got; Daniel Ramirez Medina speaks; a snag for an Af-Am community group that wants to take over a big block in the CD; and the UW and Gonzaga b-ball women both start their NCAA tourney runs right here.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 3/9/17: YIN, FOR THE WIN
Mar 8th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

On the day after International Women’s Day, we note a few of the great women who’ve lived here and worked for a better city and world. Nikkita Oliver wants to add to this list of achievers by running for mayor. And we also observe the first details of the big “homelessness levy;” an argument outside the Malheur occupation courtroom; and the deliberate end to a beloved neighborhood tree.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 3/8/17: YES, WHITE WOMEN ARE WHITE
Mar 7th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

International Women’s Day, and the call for a “Day Without a Woman” strike, have caused disunity and charges of “white privilege.” I also turn my eye to the White House’s war against Planet Earth; anti-Sikh violence a century ago and now; the city “sweeping” the homeless from a site the city had originally encouraged; and an impasse over the “levy cliff.”

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 3/3/17: BATTERY CHARGE?
Mar 2nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

As car-free humans get a chance to walk through the Battery Street Tunnel, we wonder what will become of the ol’ thing. We also think about Girl Scout cookie-inspired apparel; the truth of that supposedly “Hawaiian” beer; more fears of a post-ACA nation; and the human failing behind Amazon Web Service’s temporary meltdown.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/24/17: A DIFFERENT KIND OF BUBBLE
Jan 23rd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The first locally-invented “tsunami survival capsules” are ready. We’re also onto still more Womxn’s March reactions and post-march plans; a different approach to this year’s homeless count; the closure of a gourmet-chocolate chain’s flagship café; and the death of a sports-promotion legend.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/23/17: NEWS ON THE MARCH
Jan 22nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

A lot more thoughts, and links, about the bigger than big Womxn’s March here. We’ve also got good news for Belltown historic preservation; a “virtual reality visit” with some of the homeless; and more speculation about D.B. Cooper.

 

THE MARCH OF (IT’S ABOUT) TIME
Jan 22nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

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Well, that was certainly a relief.

It was exactly what we all needed.

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A massive, clear, emphatic statement of NO! to the authoritarian DC regime—that was also a YES! to a completely different way of looking at, and doing, things.

A way with real “family values”.

A way that values people, even if they’re not billionaire campaign contributors.

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Now comes the hard part: translating the Womxn’s Marches’ inclusive, positive alternative worldview into specific short- and long-term actions; in DC, in every state capital, in every Congressional and Legislative district. Nobody left behind.

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I’ve been particularly obsessing about one thing Madonna said at the DC rally: “Welcome to the revolution of love.”

Could Bikini Kill’s “Revolution Girl Style Now” be about to come true?

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MISCmedia MAIL FOR 12/15/16: THIS YEAR’S MODEL
Dec 14th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We need all the socio-political allies we can get these days, even within the pages of Teen Vogue! We look as well at Amazon’s at-long-last charitable streak; a church sex-abuse victim who doesn’t like what the church said about her legal fight; the governor proposing a “carbon tax” while a state investment board puts money into the petrochemical biz; and a (justly) long-forgotten novelty sport.

MISCmedia MAIL for 10/14/16: CALM BEFORE THE…?
Oct 14th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The Wacky Weather Weekend® is well upon us. Be safe; if you’re supposed to go anywhere, make sure what you’re going to is still going on. Otherwise, you can always stick around and read about dueling encampment proposals; an affordable-housing project that’ll also be a center for the Black community; an idea to hip-ify Bremerton (could it ever happen really?); and the centennial of one of the region’s ugliest events.

MISCmedia MAIL for 10/13/16: HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN
Oct 12th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

As well as more reports of icky behavior by you-know-who, we also consider the maybe-coming storm; what’s to be done with Steinbrueck Park; a minister’s account of police (non-)accountability; local screenwriters who’ve found an unexpected market for their work; a vintage video-game champ; and how the one percent flies. Oh, and also my (not really) secret past.

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